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Friday, August 28, 2020
Insulin management available for high-risk diabetic patients
Despite medical advancements, just 33 percent of insulin users are reaching A1c goals of less than 7 percent, according to the American Diabetes Association, and studies show diabetic patients are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is partnering with Hygeia to offer the d-Nav Insulin Management Program to support diabetic patients, especially those at high risk for COVID-19 complications due to diabetes (high A1c despite intervention). The d-Nav program helps physicians manage patients with long-term or complex diabetes that is hard to manage, and helps mitigate the risk for these patients with COVID-19.

Patients are provided a handheld device that reads test strips, connects to the cloud and uses a patented technology to identify glucose and responding insulin trends. d-Nav care specialists follow up to offer encouragement, correct usage errors, triage as needed and identify potential medical issues. Patients experience ongoing support, including regular HbA1c testing, supplies of glucose test strips, daily insulin guidance and frequent virtual visits. Insulin management is the ONLY service offered by Hygieia. The patient is returned to the referring physician for all other diabetes related care.

The d-Nav program is part of the BCBSM network and also covered by Medicare.

Click here to view a brochure for more information or call 734-743-2838 with questions. To refer a patient, fax the patient face sheet/information to (734) 249-9650.
Promote telemedicine on your social media
The Physician Alliance created an array of social media graphics to promote telemedicine to patients. Post on your Facebook page, website, patient portal or anywhere to promote this option to patients!
 
Right click on these images and click "Save image as" to save an image to your computer. Contact Heather with any issues downloading graphics.

Click here for helpful coronavirus/practice posters and other materials.
New Affiliate Partner offers payroll processing/HR services
The Physician Alliance is pleased to welcome another local business to the Affiliate Partners Program. DynamicHR is a Michigan based single source provider of payroll processing, human resource management, workers compensation and medical benefits offerings.
 
TPA members receive preferred pricing that gives exclusive access to proprietary medical health plans and workers compensation coverage while streamlining payroll processing and human resource management.
 
Some of the available services include:
  • Payroll Processing: payroll and filing of all payroll taxes; automated time and attendance; quarterly, annual and W-2 filings
  • Human Resource Management: customized handbooks; employee record management; consultation on hiring, discipline and termination
  • Group Health Care Plans: exclusive access to proprietary medical, dental and vision plans (click here for Priority Health plan comparison); Flexible Spending/Dependent Care Accounts; 401(k) plans
  • Workers Compensation Coverage: access to proprietary national workers compensation coverage through Amerisure; trainings, and onsite consultation for OSHA compliance

Contact Andrew Tafel at atafel@dynamichr.com or 248-648-7886 for a free consultation and comparison for your practice.
 
Learn more about special savings from this Affiliate Partner.
4 tips for creating your home office
Many changes have come about since COVID-19 entered our country. Two of these changes are the shift of patients wanting virtual appointments, and the number of physicians and staff members who are temporarily or permanently working from home. If you are going to make that transition, here are four tips to consider when creating a home office.

Determine your Space.
● Your home work-space should be as separate as possible from your home life-space. Preferably, it should have a door you can close and/or the ability to avoid noise and distraction. Not an option? Use a folding screen or curtain to set apart your working area within a functioning room.

Discover your needs and make a checklist.
● What do you have versus what do you need: Physicians and employees across the
country will be working from home longer than expected. Consider the items most
needed to be successful.
● Checklist: desk, chair, computer, keyboard, filing cabinet, printer/scanner, etc.

Stay organized.
● Set up a structure for your home office. Where will you keep daily to-do lists vs monthly
tasks? Do you need a white board to organize your lists or would a wall calendar be
more efficient? Would labeled hanging file folders help keep priorities vs weekly tasks
separated proficiently?

Set family ground rules during work hours.
● If you have children, keep a noticeable item wrapped around the doorknob of your
office so they know you cannot be interrupted. If there is no door, have them help you
make a Do Not Disturb sign to hang. This can be essential for work calls and meetings
when you cannot have interruptions.
● Set aside time for lunch to spend with your family so they understand and appreciate
the difference between work time and time with you.

Source: Office Depot, one of TPA's Affiliate Partners, offers a business savings program to TPA members. With multiple ways to save, TPA members receive special discounts on almost every item, access to Office Depot’s technology services and local business pros, and more. You can also save on Back to School supplies, whether learning in person or online.
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Featured Affiliate Partner: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE - Coverys offers comprehensive medical malpractice insurance with exclusive, company-direct pricing, short, easy application process and flexible coverage options. Risk management services and education are also available to practices.

Learn more about this partner.